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Creative Writing Workshop with Community Building Art Works

As featured in the 2018 HBO Documentary We Are Not Done Yet, Community Building Art Works serves veterans, military personnel, and members of the community through generative creative-writing workshops. Led by accomplished authors, they are focused on using the written word as a tool for introspection, communication, and connection. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind.

The program is free, but a donation of $10-$30 would to support CBAW’s to hold similar workshops at military hospitals.

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The Late Shift: Summer Party

The waterfront comes to life with a big after-hours party to kick off the Late Shift Summer Series. Music, activities, and art away on all three floors.

Target Gallery joins the festivities with its 2019 Solo Exhibition reception, too.

Save the dates for more Summer Series Late Shift events on Fridays, July 12 and August 9.

Julia Kwon: More Than A Body

In this competitive opportunity, one artist is selected by a jury panel for an opportunity at a solo show. Interdisciplinary artist Julia Kwon creates paintings, sculpture, and textile art that explore reductive representation, othering, and objectification, particularly in relation to ethnicity and gender. Kwon was chosen from nearly 130 artists from across North America.

The jury panel for this opportunity was: Sandy Guttman, DC-based independent curator; Michael Matason, Gallery Manager of DC Arts Center; and Terence Nicholson; DC-based artist.

ALX Pride 2019 Mix & Mingle

Kick off the start of Capital Pride with a special evening mix and mingle for Alexandria. Get to know others from the local LGBTQIA community. Stop by for music in the Grand Hall, drinks and snacks, and open artist studios and projects.



About NOVA Pride

NOVA Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate and celebrate in service to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community of Northern Virginians and our straight Allies. A young, grassroots, 100% volunteer-run organization, NOVA Pride provides a unified voice for, and a local base to, LGBTQ+ Northern Virginians – enhancing our visibility and relevance in the DMV region. NOVA Pride brings a sense of community to families, youth, and people of all scenes and sexualities through its year-round activity, including an annual festival every fall.


About Safe Space NOVA

Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBT+ youth.

Factory Flow: Harmonizing Yoga and Sound

Find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more.

On the first Saturday of every month, find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series. Start the day focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more.

June’s workshop is co-curated by Jeneen Piccuirro and the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Come sweat with us in the Grand Hall of the Art Center before the building opens. Join our creative judgement-free community as we gather for an all-levels harmonizing and cooling yoga practice this summer with live sound healing.


Local sound artist, yogi and meditation guide Jeneen Piccuirro leads her signature one-hour class carefully guiding you through a gentle yoga series with an artfully crafted crystal bowl accompaniment and closing gong meditation. Jeneen’s authentic integrated offerings are designed with your comfort, health and ultimate rejuvenation in mind.  Surrender to the deep relaxation and healing benefits of this powerful combination and start your weekend off with this treat for your mind, body and soul while immersed in the inspiration, art and creativity of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.


All levels, all ages welcome.

Doors: 8am, Yoga Class: 8:30 – 9:30am 


$10 advance tickets online. $15 at the door.


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What to Bring:

  • Big towel
  • Your own mat
  • Water
  • Sense of humor
  • Appreciation for art, music, and fun


About Jeneen Piccuirro

Jeneen Piccuirro, MFA, has over 28 years of experience leading original Art, Meditation, Yoga, Dance, Sound Healing and Movement based offerings, and is a pioneer and visionary in integrating these modalities to bring the body, mind and soul into balance for long term well-being. Her loving and skillful approach gently shifts people into healthier patterns of acceptance and understanding, paving the way for a deeper residing peace, joy and creativity.




About The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center

The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation which promotes, enhances and preserves the unique assets of the Torpedo Factory Art Center and its value to the community by cooperating with the factory and artists to provide education and awareness of the arts through programs, exhibits and events.

The Friends present workshops for artists, art lectures and demonstrations for the established art lover and young audiences alike, as well as mentorship programs for students in the Alexandria area.

Veterans Comedy Night with ASAP

The Art Center welcomes back Armed Services Arts Partnership. Join Storytelling 101 and Comedy Bootcamp alumni as our veterans, service members, and military family members share stories and jokes about the military, veteran, and human experience. Come to experience the talent and artistry of our veteran artists, and enjoy a special evening of laughter and community.

Doors will open at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. A portion of proceeds will go to support ASAP’s programming.

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About Armed Services Arts Partnership

The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) empowers veterans, service members, and military family members to re-enter and thrive in their communities through classes, performances, and partnerships in the arts. ASAP focuses on promoting artistic expression and skill development in supportive, six- to twelve-week classes in stand-up comedy, improv, creative writing, and music. Thereafter, ASAP partners with local colleges and arts organizations to provide its graduates with continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. In the process, ASAP’s programs can improve well-being among participants, allow them to develop a renewed sense of identity and purpose, and bridge divides by connecting veterans and local communities through the arts. To learn more visit asapasap.org.


Feature Photo by Mahnaz Rezaie

The Late Shift: Alexandria Creates

7 – 10 pm, FREE

Enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists’ studios.


Alexandria is a vibrant and creative collection of neighborhoods and cultures. It’s one of the top 25 most diverse cities in the country and is located in the nation’s most vibrant arts region. Celebrate our home town and take part in its next renaissance.

We welcome Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the VMFA on the Road traveling artmobile. For one night only, the truck will be parked at Waterfront Park with a micro-exhibition from the VMFA’s collection. See How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which includes works by Sally Mann, Cy Twombly, and others. Torpedo Factory resident artist and 2019-2020 VMFA Fellow Soomin Ham will be present at the Artmobile from 7-9 pm to answer questions about their fellowship.

Artist Anne Smith co-curates art activities for the night, including interactive projects and art tables by Asma Chaudary, Clara Cornelius, and Athena Naylor. Meet artists from this summer’s DC Zinefest and learn more about local creative Alexandria organizations like UpCycle Creative Reuse Center and The Garden.

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Special Late Shift projects co-curated by Anne Smith

Clara Cornelius

Clara Cornelius Collaborative Collages
Co-curated by Anne Smith

Clara is a visual artist and graphic designer who creates surprise and delight by changing context and perspective. She explores the interplay between photography, typography, patterns, and symbols, creating works across a variety of mediums that express a desire to see the world differently and discover magic in the ordinary and fleeting. Visitors are invited to take part in a large collaborative collage using wheat-paste techniques or create a collage of their own.


Asma Chaudhary

Asma Chaudhary Collaborative Yarn Wrapping Project
Co-curated by Anne Smith

Asma is a Pakistani-American artist from Fairfax, Virginia. Her artworks explore the duality of a domesticated homemaker by physically recreating the home environment. Asma makes every effort to use discarded materials and repurpose them into basic necessities for survival such as shelter, warmth, luminance, sustenance, mobility, and intellectual growth. Some of her installations include breaking down grocery carts and welding them into chairs, sewing workman’s gloves together to create couture-like dresses and cushions, and reformatting sleeping bags to play on the idea of innocence and crisis. Join Asma as she collaborates with the Alexandria-based UpCycle Creative Reuse Center for a yarn wrapping project. Lend a hand and learn more about her process.


Athena Naylor

Athena Naylor Comics & Zines
Co-curated by Anne Smith

Athena grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now lives and works in Washington, D.C. She self-publishes autobiographical comics along with art books that meditate on drawing, art history, and memory. Athena’s comics have appeared on The Lily, and her arts writing has been featured on the online newspaper The DC Line and the online magazine DIRT. To keep up to date on her current projects and events, check her out on Instagram @athena.naylor and at her website athenanaylor.com. Stop by her table to meet the artist and discover more about zines.


Anne Smith


Anne Smith (b. 1985, Syracuse, NY) is a visual artist based in Washington, DC. Her art practice spans disciplines of drawing, sculpture and printmaking, often along themes of space and ideas of home. Featured in her work are places such as her childhood and ancestral homes, the Potomac River, the side of the road, and other spaces entirely imagined. Smith is a teaching artist at the National Gallery of Art and has served as a master printmaker on a large-scale silkscreen book project at George Mason University’s Navigation Press. She learned silkscreen printmaking from Master Printmaker Lou Stovall, for whom she was a studio assistant for several years. Smith is represented by Adah Rose Gallery.


Target Gallery: Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists

Target Gallery presents a new yearly exhibition featuring the work of 4 emerging artists to spotlight new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the D.C. metropolitan area. The selected artists this year include: Kate Gorman, Kim Sandara, Madeline A. Stratton, and Sean Sweeney.

The jury panel for this opportunity was: Adah Rose Bitterbaum, founder and director of Adah Rose Gallery; Philippa Hughes, founder of The Pinkline Project; and Dawne Langford, founder of Quota .

Mason Arts Project Studio: Kerry Hentges

Kerry Hentges

RECEPTION: 7–9:30 pm  ARTIST TALK: 9 pm

Kerry Hentges is an installation artist with a background in cake art.  She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BFA in Fine Art and a BA in Spanish.  Kerry studied painting, sculpture, and animation while at Virginia Tech and discovered her passion for creating interactive installations.  After school, she worked in a bakery as a cake artist and honed her sculpture talents.  She is currently an MFA Sculpture Candidate at Mason’s School of Art.

What’s the Story?

RECEPTION: 7–9:30 pm  ARTIST TALK: 7:30 pm
Curated by Torpedo Factory Art Center artist, Bev Ryan (Studio 333), this exhibition features the work of her narrative painting class at the Art League.


The VMFA Artmobile

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents VMFA on the Road

The Art Center welcomes the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to Alexandria for this special exhibition at the Late Shift. VMFA’s new state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio launched in October 2018. The climate-controlled 53-foot Volvo trailer includes Wi-Fi to connect visitors with VMFA educators and interactive components to meet their 21st-century expectations. The main attraction of VMFA on the Road, however, is the opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth to see and experience works of art from the VMFA collection up close. For one night only, the VMFA’S Artmobile will be parked at Waterfront Park with a micro-exhibition from the VMFA’s collection. See How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which includes works by Sally Mann, Cy Twombly, and others.

Stop by from 7 – 9 pm to meet Torpedo Factory Art Center’s very own Soomin Ham, photographer and recipient of a 2019-2020 VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship.



The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.


Soomin Ham is a photographer and multimedia artist based in the Washington D.C. area. Ham received a Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea and her Master of Art in Photography and Multimedia from New York University/International Center of Photography in New York City. Her works includes photography, mixed media, and multimedia installations and have been exhibited widely throughout D.C., New York, and Seoul, Korea. Ham was selected for the Art and Community Visual Arts Residency at the DCCA in Wilmington, DE and a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. She is the recipient of several D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities grants including an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant in 2003 and Small Projects Grant in 2001. Recently, she received the 2019-2010 Visual Arts Fellowship  from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Post Grad Studio: Nava Levenson


OPEN STUDIO: Nava Levenson
Spring Post-Grad Resident

Nava Levenson in a multidisciplinary artist, instigator, and collaborator based in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her bachelor’s of fine arts in 2017 from James Madison University. Her work investigates anthropological concepts such as hospitality, labor, consumption, and space making. Nava incorporates repurposed materials in much of her art in an effort to chip away at the surplus of objects that crowd the planet. Stop by her studio from 7-10 pm to meet the artist and see her work in person.



2019 Friends of the Torpedo Factory Mentorship Program Exhibition

Every year, the Friends of Torpedo Factory mentorship program offers the opportunity to high school students from TC William High School and West Potomac High School to be paired with a studio artist as their mentor. During the course of the program, the artist mentors oversee and guide their mentees with their art projects, help develop new art skills, and provide artistic career advice. This program offers a way for young artists to learn about the art world in a professional setting.


DC Zine Fest Meet the Artists
Organized by Katana Lippart

The DC Zinefest is an independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community. Artists from the upcoming DC Zine Fest in July will be on hand to show their works, talk about the Fest, and help new artists join this growing network.


The Garden Meet the Scientists (and Robots!)


The Garden is a brand new co-building and training facility in Alexandria run by Building Momentum, a veteran-owned small business that offers team buildings, prototyping, and leadership events. The Garden has a 3500 square foot event space and a 4,000 square foot workshop with the best tools in prototyping — including metal working, wood working, 3d printing, and laser cutting. Stop by their table to meet some of the Garden team members, play with their robots, try out a 3-d printer, and test-drive a drone. 

6th Annual Alexandria Jazz4Justice Benefit Concert

The Alexandria Bar Law Foundation, the NOVA Nighthawks and Torpedo Factory Art Center present the 6th annual Jazz4Justice Concert. 

The suggested tax-deductible donation is $15 for adults, $5 for children. Proceeds benefit Alexandria programs including those that help abused children and the elderly and provide legal aid to low income residents.

  • The special guest is Warren Wolf, a vibraphonist who has played with some of the biggest names in jazz.
  • The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz ensemble is directed by John “The Smoker” Kocur, a saxophonist and composer who has been a fixture in the DC Jazz scene for several years.
  • The T.C. Williams High School Jazz Band directed by Doug Rogers will also perform.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m with a jam session in the South Hall before the main event.  A cash bar will be available, as well as a raffle for prizes submitted by local merchants.

Buy tickets (or make a donation if you can’t come) through the website jazz4justicealexandria.org.

Contact the Alexandria Bar Association at 703-548-1106 or alexbar@alexandriabarva.org.

About Jazz4Justice

In 2001, Fairfax attorney Ed Weiner attended a student recital at George Mason University. He was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation (FLF), he saw an opportunity for a new partnership — the GMU School of Music would provide the musical talent and the local Bar Association would provide the audience and sponsors. The goal would be to raise funds to support local Legal Aid, as well as the university’s jazz program. With the support of George Mason and FLF leadership, Jazz 4Justice™ was born.

Today, through partnerships with 7 universities and numerous local Bar Associations, 47 Jazz4Justice concerts have been held across the Commonwealth: George Mason University, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Mary Washington. These concerts have raised over $400,000 for jazz programs and an array of educational and charitable legal services benefiting Virginia’s local communities.

Jazz4Justice has received awards from the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. J4J is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Visit us at www.jazz4justice.com.

Professional Practices for the Visual Artist

Back by popular demand, this workshop, presented by Jeffery Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), is devoted to the needs of the individual artist. Topics include photographing artwork, funding opportunities, developing professional relationships with galleries and publications, copyright issues, and marketing on the web. This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. This exhibition is done in partnership with Target Gallery’s 2019 Emerging Artists exhibition, to support more opportunities for artists in the DMV area. Artists of all skill-levels and stages are welcome.

Workshop Location:
Riverview Room
105 North Union Street
Studio 207
Alexandria, VA 22314

Please bring a laptop and/or a notebook along with writing utensils to take notes during this workshop.

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About Jeffery Allison
Jeffrey Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection educator at VMFA and a professional photographer. He holds a BA in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography from VCU.

Creative Writing Workshop with April Harris and Community Building Art Works

As featured in the 2018 HBO Documentary We Are Not Done Yet, Community Building Art Works serves veterans, military personnel, and members of the community through generative creative-writing workshops. Led by accomplished authors, they are focused on using the written word as a tool for introspection, communication, and connection. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind.


April’s workshop will be led by author April Harris in the Riverview Room on the second floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Doors at 6:30, workshop begins promptly at 7 pm.

About the Workshop:

In Life in Victory (LIV) Workshops, participants explore the powerful role story plays in personal, organizational and/or community life. We will weave together the technical, creative, and social strands of storytelling practices from story circles to story interviewing to digital storytelling to listening and sculpting. Participants experiment with innovative narrative approaches, work closely with one another in a supportive, collaborative environment.


About the series:

Led by accomplished authors, these generative workshops focus on the craft of writing as a tool for introspection, communication, and connection. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind! Tickets are free, but we appreciate a donation of $10-$30 to support our programs. Your donation will fund similar workshops at military hospitals.


About the facilitator:

A performer, multimedia artist, and writer, April Harris recently performed as part of an eight woman ensemble performing Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at the African American Civil War Museum. In 2013, she performed “Hear My Sister’s Story,” in the National Veteran’s Administration Creative Arts Competition and won first place at the Chery Point, Maryland VA; she went on to compete in the national competition where she won second place. April Harris’ performance of “Hear My Sister’s Story,” can be seen in the HBO documentary, We Are Not Done Yet.